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  • We acquired this object.

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1914

  • Work on this object began.

2014

2017

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Awls (USA), Created before 1914

This is a Awls.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from National Museum of the American Indian as part of Tools: Extending Our Reach.

It is dated Created before 1914. Its medium is carved ivory.

Awls came in a variety of sizes, suitable to the different thicknesses of the materials to be sewn. These small, shapely ivory points would have been used to perforate thinner skins or gut. Women of the Iñupiaq indigenous community of Alaska had to learn to sew from a young age using strips of hide, sinew and fiber that were threaded or tied to the awl.

It is credited National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 3/6271.

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sampler (USA), 1831
  • cotton and silk embroidery on cotton foundation.
  • Bequest of Mrs. Henry E. Coe.
  • 1941-69-153

Its dimensions are

L x W (Longest): 7.3 x 0.5 cm (2 7/8 x 3/16 in.) L x W (Shortest): 5 x 0.6 cm (1 15/16 x 1/4 in.) L x W (Most decorative): 6.4 x 0.6 cm (2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach.

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